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Monogram 1/48 A-26C Invader

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Monogram 1/48 A-26C Invader
Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, February 10, 2024 6:18 PM

 

But I mean that in the best possible way...

 

OK, here's the deal. Watching Wolfman's recent builds (Harrier, AH-1Z, et al.) has been tempting (and inspiring) me to pull the same kits out of my stash and give them a go myself. However, I've always had too much on my bench to stack another kit onto the pile. But his beautiful Invader finally pushed me over the edge.

 

At the moment, I only have a pair of Apaches in the works. I figured I'd pull my Invader out and see if I can do it justice. I like to have more than one project going at the time, so that while paint and glue dry on one, I can work on the other. You know what they say about idle hands...

Anyway, unlike Wolfman's WW2 airframe, mine will be a Korean War era subject. I don't have the guts to tackle this project in NMF, so mine will be black. Mine will also be OOB. I don't think I can pull off all that PE. I've only used PE a limited number of times, and when I did, it was never in the volume that Wofman used.

So, I started with the wings, namely the engines. Here's some preliminary paint and wash splashed on.

 

I decided to leave them dirty and undetailed (Is that a word?) since very little would be seen under the cowlings and behind the props. 

 

Also, taking a cue from Wolfman, I decided to stuff the nacelle with weight. I used a bunch of BBs CAed behind the firewall.

 

I also got the MLG wells painted up and the wings assembled. You can see I started to clean up some seams. I'm thinking I'll replace some of the missing detail with raised resin.

 

OK, that's all I got for now. This one will be built alongside my Apaches. Progress will be slow, but after seeing what Wolfman did with his, I'm excited to get this one going. Hopefully, I can turn out something comparable.

Thanks for lookin'! Feel free to drop your two cents into the bucket on your way out. Comments, questions, and criticisms welcome. 

Cheers!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, February 10, 2024 9:41 PM

 My dad's old ride! I will eagerly follow along your build of this one! 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Monday, February 12, 2024 3:13 PM

Nice start, O!  Maybe I need to pick one up.

Gary

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, February 12, 2024 3:57 PM

Think I'll stick around and watch this build, looks interesting.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, February 12, 2024 4:17 PM

Cool O.  I'll follow along.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 15, 2024 10:08 PM

Just a small update today...

I've started on the cockpit, but there's really not much to show yet. While paint and glue dried on those parts, I decided to improve the upper turret. 

The upper .50 cals' perforated jackets are very obvious in era photos that I've seen. The kit's parts do not show that detail. So, using some .50 cals from spares box and some fine wire, I was able to gussy things up a bit.

 

That's all I've got for tonight. I'll post more when there's more to post. Of course, I appreciate you looking. As usual, comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome.

Until next time!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Friday, February 16, 2024 9:02 AM

They do look better, O!  Do you remember what kit they came out off?

Gary

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, February 16, 2024 11:34 AM

You can always get some Quickboost gun barrels. I don't think that they make a set for this specific kit, but any set with a sufficient number of barrels will do.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

fox
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    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, February 16, 2024 1:39 PM

It's all those little things that make the build stand out! Yes

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Monday, February 19, 2024 11:43 AM

GAF

...Do you remember what kit they came out off?

 

Hey Gary, thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry, but I do not remember where they came from. I want to say they came out of Academy's F-86 kit, but I could be wrong.

That aside, I have some progress to show on the cockpit and bombardier sections of the interior. I kept this area OOB, using a little creative painting for details. I spent some time trying to find ways to hide weight within these very visible areas.

I started by dropping BBs and Liquid Gravity into the molded voids on the underside of the cockpit floow. I then used small bits of styrene to hide it all. I also used a few pine derby car weights, too. Under some paint, it's all well hidden.



I also gluded some pine derby weights into areas that wouldn't bee seen once everything was assembled, like behind the cockpit and bombardier bulkhead and behind the instrument panel.

https://i.imgur.com/lyxnP5l.jpg



I decided to close up the bomby bay, so the weight behind the cockpit bulkhead won't be seen.

You can se that I was able to get the weights into a position where the airframe will cover them up.


https://i.imgur.com/gMEZ0Ns.jpg

 

Here are a couple of pictures with everything in place.


https://i.imgur.com/jAGHDUX.jpg




There's still a little work to do on these parts before I'm done. After this, I'll be working on getting the bay doors attached to the fuselage halves and the rear gunner position. 

For now, that's all I got. I appreciate you stopping by. As usual, comments, questions and criticisms are welcome.

Cheers!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, February 19, 2024 4:07 PM

Lookin gooood "O"! Yes

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 12:01 AM

Very neat and clean, Omar.  I'm surprised at the color of the pilot's seat.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:01 AM

Hey gang, thanks for lookin'!

 

jeaton01

...I'm surprised at the color of the pilot's seat.

 

 
John, I've seen a few photos of Invaders with black seats. I don't know if they're period accurate photos or restorations, but I went with black just to break up all of that green in the cockpit.
 
Cheers!
-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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    March 2018
Posted by Charlie Branch on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 3:11 PM

Thank you for this inspiration, Omar.  BTW, There was "The Big O" flying with the 3rd BW (LNI) out of Kunsan AB, named for the assigned pilot.  Dad flew with the 3rd BW (90th Squadron, of late flying F-22s based with the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf AFB).  My brother gave me this kit years ago, which has been on the shelf through a number of relocations.  I since added the ICM kit, which is more accurate, but still with inaccuracies.  Some day...  There's a couple near Ft. Bragg that produce nicely printed decals and I ordered a couple of their 3rd BW sheets for the 3rd BW as they include Little Sheba and others.  The wing operating from the east coast of S. Korea apparently got more attention...  Thanks again!  

Charlie B.  

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 22, 2024 2:51 PM

Hey Charlie, maybe you could give me the info on those decal sheets? As of now, I don't have any specific markings in mind.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, February 24, 2024 8:29 PM

OK FSM, it's time for a (small) Invader update!

I was able to get the fuselage closed up. It was a challenge because I chose to close the bomb bay doors. UGH! They did not fit well! I used some styrene strip along the interior seams to help reinforce the joints. I also got the gunner position assembled and closed up. (Sorry, but I forgot to shoot WIP photos of those steps.)

I also got the empennage assembled. That was another poor fitting area. The horizontal stabilizers are molded as one big, heavy piece. It took a lot of sanding and filling to get them faired in. I got the transparencies attached and smoothed in as good as I could, too.





You may notice that one of the wing spars is missing. I accidentally broke it off while I was cleaning up the seams. I'll have to figure out a way to repair that.

Before priming, I needed to install a light at the very tip of the tail. Unfortunately, when I went to clip it off the sprue, it wasn't there. I know it wasn't the Carpet Monster because I never removed the part from its runner. So, my guess is that it came loose and got lost in the multiple moves this kit has survived. Still, I needed to muster a fix. So, I figured I'd use some clear sprue.

I found a big ol' hunk of clear sprue living in my spares box. 




After flattening one side, I used copious amounts of thick CA to attach it to the airframe and work as a filler.




Using my motor tool, I roughed out the part's final shape.




Once I was happy with the way it looked, I used various grades of sanding sticks, pads, and clothes to polish out the finished product.




No, it's not exactly 100% accurate, but it's close enough.

After that, I used Archer's resin details to replace the raised detail I obliterated while cleaning up the seams, then I primed.




While the primer cured, I turned my attention to another problem that I needed to solve. Before I primed, I mocked up the airframe and found that despite all the weight I crammed into the airframe, it was still a tail sitter. (#@$%&!) At this point, the fuselage and wings were all closed up. I had to figure something out. So, after looking for places to stuff in some more weight, I noticed there was some space behind the engines. I realized I could stuff some weight there. 

So, after playing around with the parts, I used a disk of styrene, some metal washers, and Liquid Gravity as my solution.




I used the disks to keep the prop shaft from moving after I got "my solution" in place and to protect it from "my solution". I dropped the shafts in and glued down the disks.





Then I CAed in the washers, and down the center, I glued in some Liquid Gravity.




After a quick mock-up and test, it looks as if these last additions will keep all three gear on the ground. (We'll see.)

Anyway, that's it for now. Of course, comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome.

Thanks for stopping by!
-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, February 25, 2024 8:28 PM

After priming the fuselage, I was excited to start slinging paint. I thought I had done a pretty good job on the construction, so after smoothing out the primer with some 0000 steel wool, I sprayed the base coat of my NMF.

I started with the engines.




I also sprayed the airframe's major assemblies. Here, the wings are just dry fitted.




After I got the base NMF color sprayed, I noticed that my assembly wasn't good enough for a NMF. I went back and tried to spot fix those few areas, but I noticed I was making things worse. So, I had to make a decision. Go back and clean up those spots in further prep for a NMF or find another scheme. I chickened out and went with the latter option.

Looking at a bunch of pictures, I found that a majority of -Cs that were not NMF were Korean War era -Cs without the ventral turret. So, I decided to change directions and build a Korean War -C. (Mods, if you need to move this from the WW2 to the Post War forum, please feel free. I'll serve my 2 minutes in the box.)

Before I could start with paint, I needed to figure out how to assemble the port wing, the one with the broken spar. I figured, the best way to repair a broken spar is to replace it. So...I did!

I drilled a hole in the fuselage, and a corresponding one in the wing, to accept a length of styrene tube.




It worked like a charm. As a matter of fact, it worked so well that I drilled through to the starboard wing and used a longer piece of tube to support both wings. 




I figured that since the wings were so heavy, a little more support couldn't hurt. I'm going to leave the wings off to make painting a little easier. Speaking of painting...

I started by spraying Alclad's Black Microfiller Primer as a marble coat.




Then I went back and covered with AK Real Color Flat Black lightened with various AK grays.





Before I sprayed the black, I used some masking fluid to allow for chipping later. I also used my cutting tool to make USAF masks. Simple tape strips allowed for walkway masking. A problem I ran in to is, when I pulled off the upper USAF, it pulled off a small bit of paint. It lifted the paint all the way down to the primer. Luckily, it looks as if it's supposed to be there. I'm debating whether or not I should fix it or leave it. Along with the other chipping, it looks like it's supposed to be there.




Here's where things are as of today. This was my first time using this chipping method. I'm afraid I may have gone overboard. Tell me what you think. Is it too much?






So, I'm going to put the Invader aside for a bit. I need to make the national insignia masks and work on some of the smaller stuff. As it turns out, I was able to pick up a set of TD wheels for $1 while I was in Arizona last weekend.




I think I'll spend some time on my Apaches.

Anyway, thanks for looking. Of course, comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome.

Happy modeling!
-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

GAF
  • Member since
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, February 26, 2024 12:26 AM

She looks good, O!  I'd keep the chipping under the USAF.  Most don't chip in the decals, so any wear is good.  And good save on the wing spar!

Gary

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